5th Annual "Breakthrough Prize" Ceremony to air LIVE on National Geographic Channel

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02 December 2016
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Breakthrough Prize
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"Breakthrough Prize"
 Sunday, December 4 at 10/9c on National Geographic Channel
 
Morgan Freeman to Host and Alicia Keys to Perform;
Jeremy Irons to Serve as Presenter in Mathematics Category
 
FOX to Air One-Hour Version of Ceremony
on Sunday, December 18, 7-8 PM ET/PT;
National Geographic Channels International also to Air One-Hour Version
 
          The Breakthrough Prize will mark its fifth anniversary celebrating top achievements in the fields of physics, life sciences and mathematics, with a star-studded ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 4, at the NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley. The ceremony, to be broadcast live on NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, will be hosted by Academy Award®-winning actor Morgan Freeman and will feature a special performance by 15-time Grammy®-winning singer, songwriter and producer Alicia Keys.  The ceremony will be directed and produced, for the fourth time, by Don Mischer, alongside executive producers Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare of Don Mischer Productions.
 
          Academy Award® winner Jeremy Irons, recently seen in the biographical drama The Man Who Knew Infinity which has received accolades and talk of Oscar note, in the role of Cambridge mathematician G.H. Hardy, will serve as a presenter. He will recognize the accomplishments in the mathematics category. 
 
          “I am honored to be presenting this prestigious award,” said Irons. “Playing G.H. Hardy in The Man Who Knew Infinity was an eye-opening experience for me, introducing me as it did to the world of pure mathematics. Knowing that the Breakthrough Prize will open more doors in this field is heartwarming.”
 
          Now in its fifth year, the Breakthrough Prize – Silicon Valley’s munificent science prize – honors paradigm-shifting research and discovery in the fields of fundamental physics, life sciences and mathematics. Across all categories for this year, the Breakthrough Prize Foundation will award $25 million to honor both outstanding career achievement and emerging talent. This year, a total of eight $3 million prizes will be awarded to 12 individuals. Additionally, another six $100,000 prizes will be awarded to 10 winners of the New Horizons in Physics and Mathematics Prizes. The ceremony will also recognize the winner of the second annual Breakthrough Junior Challenge for students, which will award $250,000 scholarship to a student whose original science video brings to life an important scientific or mathematical idea or principle. The science teacher who inspired the winning student will win $50,000. The winner’s school will also receive a state-of-the-art science lab valued at $100,000.
 

 
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